FLASHBACK: Nuit Blanche 2010 at 69 Vintage Collective

Allie Hughes and band at 69 Vintage Collective. Story and photography by Brendan Adam Zwelling.

The subway is packed but the crowds aren’t filtering out to this edge of the Junction Triangle, well beyond the festival zones. Still, at the Bloor West home of the 69 Vintage Collective (1207 Bloor St. W.) the banner of public art is being unfurled under the auspices of their Soiree des Hiboux event, a Nuit Blanche celebration with art, food and music.

In this case, the art is provided by the Lolita & Consuela installation, a slide projection on the joys of an inebriated kitchen party, which plays casually in an upstairs window.

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TALK TO ME: Kealan Sullivan, part II

Story by Paul Aguirre-Livingston. Illustration by Ayalah Hutchins.

This is the second part of our conversation with Kealan Sullivan, the owner of the amazing 69 Vintage. You can read the first part here.

In your experience, what does it take to be a good businesswoman?

“Have a willingness to learn from everyone around you. Practice focus, self reliance and patience. Be stubborn and do it your own way.”

What’s a favourite vintage find that you’ll never ever part with?

“The list is never-ending, really, and includes glass beads, quilts, vintage lingerie, crochet dresses, suede chaps, 1950s denim, 1940s fringe suede jacket(s), bathing costumes from all eras, cotton hippie dresses, ‘80s patent leather hip-high stiletto boots…”

Any advice for a novice vintage shopper?

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TALK TO ME: Kealan Sullivan, part I

Story by Paul Aguirre-Livingston. Illustration by Ayalah Hutchins.

This week, I’m taking a break from profiling fashion designers to focus on what keeps fashion in business: the retailers. As the owner of both 69 Vintage and 69 Collective/Buy the Pound, Kealan Sullivan is Toronto’s vintage queen. Kealan has her finger on the pulse on what is nouveau, but her cool-hunting skills are paired with an equally honed education in what makes an excellent vintage piece. Her taste is instinctive and sartorially encompassing: Flipping through the racks at 69, you’ll find everything from sweet satin prom dresses to original Levi’s cut-off denim vests.

Tell me about your journey. How did you get into vintage?

“It all started with collecting hundreds of pieces of baby and doll clothes from the Salvation Army, using all of my allowance at 6 years old.”

Do you have a favourite fashion memory?

“The first time I heard ‘You’re Kealan Sullivan.’ Really, it means nothing but this was my best friend’s usual response to the question I asked so often: ‘Can I seriously wear this?’ Her reply gave me courage. It still does.”

What makes you decide if you’re going to buy a certain garment for the store? Is there a “Kealan Criteria”?

“There are five rules:

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TOP SPOTS: Sara Graham

Sara Graham has worn a lot of stylish hats in this city: She’s been a designer (of Sister Underwear, a lingerie and loungewear line that she launched and managed from 2003 to 2006), and the editor-in-chief of Vervegirl and Fuel. Now she’s focusing on her freelance writing career (with recent credits in Sweetspot.ca and ELLE Canada), her role as communications director for The Society, and being a committee member for Artbound.ca, a Free the Children initiative.

Sara (pictured above in Singapore) shared a few of her favourite places in Toronto with The Style Notebook.

Top date spot

“If it’s a nice evening, then the rooftop terrace at Tati on Harbord is picture perfect. I’ve always liked the cozy booths at Lolita’s Lust on the Danforth—the atmosphere and the food never disappoint. For a hideaway that’s more hipster, you can’t go wrong with a table (inside or out on the patio) at Foxley on Ossington.”

Favourite vintage shop

“I don’t buy a lot of vintage…but if I did, then I’d certainly trust Kealan at 69 Vintage to hook me up.”

Place to buy birthday presents

“I used to have my own lingerie/loungewear line so I’d always let my girlfriends choose presents from the collections. Now that I no longer produce the range, I pick up gorgeous items from my friend Christina Remenyi at Fortnight Lingerie. For the new mummies in my life and other general gifts, I head to Ziggy’s at Home on College Street.”

Favourite place to go for a drink on the weekend (and drink of choice)

“It’s summer so anywhere with a patio will do. I’m partial to the Drake’s street-level patio and Terroni’s on Queen West. A Blanche de Chambly at the former, and a glass of red wine at the Italian resto, of course!”

To go for a drink on the weekend

“I live on Harbord (at least until the end of June) so my favourites on College are Kalendar and Utopia.”

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TOP SPOTS: Andrew Sardone

Photograph courtesy of Jenna Marie Wakani.

Andrew Sardone is the fashion and design writer for NOW Magazine and one of the snappiest dressers in the city. With designer Philip Sparks, he’s also half of the fashion scene’s most likable, talented couple.

After a busy week covering the Fall 2010 shows, Andrew shared his favourite places in Toronto with us.

Pho, dim sum or both?

“Can I say Indian instead? Trimurti takeout.”

Brunch spot

“The breakfast for two at Oddfellows. My boyfriend and I inevitably order the same thing at restaurants so the clay bowl full of baked eggs, sausages and other brunch staples lets us do that without looking too cute.”

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TOP SPOTS: Susie Love

Susie Love is an artist and jewellery designer, who also has the best laugh in the city. (Seriously.) Her laptop was acting up, so she shared some of her favourite places in Toronto with us via text.

Favourite place to go for a drink during the week (and drink of choice)

The Drake; red wine.

To go for a drink on the weekend

Reposado Tequila Bar on Ossington to hear the gypsy swing band.

Brunch spot

Aunties and Uncles on Lippincott.

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